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Comment: Re:False premise (Score 1) 546

by alvieboy (#47820543) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

I don't have any degree. Plus, I doubt if any one with a degree and even 5y experience can perform my job as I do.

You are mistaken, heavily mistaken.

Additionally, if your HR team, for an IT job, assume they actually know how to evaluate their candidates, get a new HR team. Technical evaluation is for technical people.

Signed: Mr. Exception.

Comment: Re:Jobs aren't future proof, skills are (Score 5, Insightful) 509

by alvieboy (#47459761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

I'd go even further and say: Teach her to learn, and she will adapt herself to every job on the Galaxy.

But if eventually this if not feasible get her to focus on whatever she likes to do. Like Confucius once said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

We'll deal with the machines for her.

Alvie.

+ - FPGA for Makers: The Dream of Drag and Drop Circuits-> 12

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "FPGA's are great, but learning VHDL/Verilog can be a daunting task! This new Kickstarter project has a unique new idea so simple that it just might put FPGA's into the hands of Makers everywhere. It's as simple as pairing an FPGA with an Arduino and creating software that lets Makers draw circuits. Instead of learning a new programming language Makers can draw circuits right away using open source building blocks such as stepper controllers, audio chips, video chips, and even a bitcoin miner. Circuits are loaded to the FPGA and then controlled by the Arduino. It's a very simple arrangement with mind boggling possibilities — everything from bitcoin mining, embedded vision, robotics, to reconfigurable System on Chip designs."
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Comment: Re:Ditching strong partners -- smart move! (Score 3, Insightful) 172

by alvieboy (#42453073) Attached to: TSMC Preparing To Manufacturer A6X Chip As Apple Looks to Ditch Samsung

I recall reading that, despite being the "same chip", actual layout is Samsung, so switching to another HW process will require them to at least redo the placement of all the core components (read, transistors and so on), and rewrite some others.

Note that not only the ARM core needs replacement (I think ARM does not sell the full implementation design, but only the high-level design), but all other components that are inside the SoC are probably Samsung IP or licensed to it (both design and implementation, although some might come from other IP vendors, like Synopsys), so they need to replace those as well.

This will require a lot of QA effort, and is very risky.

Comment: WAV ? (Score 4, Interesting) 130

by alvieboy (#41722791) Attached to: New Arduino Due Brings More Power To the Table

"It can even play back WAV files without any help."

Well, ZPUino does this for a long time (14.4KHz, stereo, and more), and it's also opensource (actually, BSD for hardware, and GPLv2/v3 for software). Runs at 96MHz, and it's fully customizable (even the chip is customizable: see SoundPuddle for example, or the Rectrocade synth).

What Arduino users were actually expecting (well, I was), was a proper IDE. I don't think writing proper applications for the Due platform with current Processing IDE is feasible. So far everyone has been quiet about this (there were rumours other IDE would be on the forge).

But the price tag is indeed attractive.

Alvie

Linux

+ - Linux From Scratch 7.1 published-> 1

Submitted by Thinkcloud
Thinkcloud (1901664) writes "The Linux From Scratch (LFS) project has published version 7.1 of its manual for building a custom Linux installation. The new release of the step-by-step instructions is 345 pages long and uses more up-to-date components than previous versions – for example, the 3.2.6 Linux kernel and version 4.6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). The update also includes fixes to bootscripts and corrections to the text, as well as updates to 20 packages."
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Comment: I don't get it (Score 1) 647

by alvieboy (#38549478) Attached to: Actual Damages For 1 Download = Cost of a 1 License

What is the rationale behind $1,370,590.00 ?

I don't have the time or patience to read all the legal gibberish, wondering if someone can elude me if:

a) The defendant took an unauthorized copy, and distributed it,
b) The defendant took an unauthorized copy, used it, and also distributed it,
c) The defendant took an unauthorized copy, and allowed others to retrieve it [and eventually used it]

Is "to make available" the same as "to distribute" ?

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 169

by alvieboy (#38318734) Attached to: HP Making webOS Open Source

Sorry, I have to disagree with you, at least in the present time.

I've been using some Web apps (javascript, html5, you name all techs involved), like floorplanner and upverter, and I find them barely usable. My computer is not however a high-tech one (Core2 Duo T2300 @ 1.66 Laptop, with Nvidia GeForce Go 7300), but it's specs would be *more than enough* to run such simple applications.

Perhaps the problem is not JS itself, nor HTML5. Perhaps the problem is we're using a technology which was not meant, on the first place, to do what we are doing with it.

It will take some time (and some standards) before we get Web Applications that can actually behave like native ones. But, my friend, it's not the time yet.

Comment: complex routing ? (Score 5, Insightful) 112

by alvieboy (#38066850) Attached to: Raspberry Pi PCB Layout Revealed

At first glance, this looks like a normal routing with a 4-layer board. Eventually 6, if you add proper ground + power.

There's nothing indicative of PCB parameters, like drill sizes, clearances, blind/buried vias, minimum trace width, so on. Again, a simple look reveals nothing but common parameters for PCB.

Again, TFA is biased.

Comment: Why is this ... (Score 1) 343

by alvieboy (#37978790) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?

... on /. ? /. is about tech, geek, and nerds.

Not politics. Much less US politics.

Mod me -1 as you like, but I'm kinda tired that, despite most tech developments are made outside US, /. is still US-centric. And this actually is the way it is, because you wanted it to be this way.

Even most doctorates in US either are not US citizens, or were born abroad.

Alvie.

Comment: Baffling to users ? (Score 2) 803

by alvieboy (#37927404) Attached to: Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

most passionate partisans will admit that its filesystem, which stashes vital files in a variety of arcane directories, can be baffling to users.

Isn't that [directories] what filesystems are to provide, so things can be well organized ?

Calling them, current UNIX/Linux filesystem hierarcy, "arcane", baffles me. Unless you're Poettering, of course. There is a good reason for things to be where they are, and, due to recent increase of embedded systems, a much more valid reason to split different levels of files across different filesystem hierarchies (read /bin vs. /usr/bin).

I can accept complains about "/opt" and "/usr/local" - they might not make much sense nowadays, but if you happen to need to bootstrap from a read-only 8Mb flash device, and need to have a somehow working system before you access some external data,

or

you have a huge shared filesystem where a few servers rely upon, and you don't want to replicate all system files,

then I see no reason at all to change this.

Actually, perhaps increasing the diversity of directories might come in handy (like in /usr/i686/lib + /usr/x86-64/lib + whatever you might need, and with eventual optimizations, and with eventual debug).

Or is this discussion only about directories which reside on the root of the filesystem ?

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